With the latest season of So You Think You Can Dance underway, I find that sensation and urge of wanting to get back into a dance class. I miss the structure of working on a step with someone with experience to tell you “Dude, you are totally screwing that up.” Of course, the teacher doesn’t say that, but I happily accept their help as a response to that message, whether verbally communicated or not.
On the way to the kitchen one day, as I was listening to music, I got the bright idea to bust out a double pirouette. It was on my good side, so I landed it, yeah, it was a wee bit wobbly, but I got a little jazzed and tried to do the other side just to even things out. HA!!
I got one rotation and soon I was hugging my coat rack and trying to keep from smacking my face against the wall.
Have you ever watched America’s Funniest Videos and seen a clip where someone for no reason whatsoever falls? Like they have NO sense of balance. I have that as a…hmmm, not really a fear….and it’s not a pet peeve, so I don’t know what to call it. I just know that I don’t want to be that sad sack that loses their balance just because I get looked at the wrong way.
Dancing has been a love of mine that I sadly admit that I don’t do nearly enough. There’s something about the beat of music that makes my soul jump and groove and glow with a happiness that I can’t get anywhere else. Some say that Latin people have a rhythm in their souls. In 2005, Tina Ramirez, founder of Ballet Hispanico, was quoted in the Washington Post saying that “In Hispanic culture, you are born dancing.”
One of the many books that I am currently juggling is about the women of New Mexico which features stories that were written during the Roosevelt Era. Many of the stories talk about all the celebrations and dancing from the time the sun goes down and carries on throughout the night.
With that in mind, I am researching which school would be best for me. I know Lee Ann Payne’s Musical Theatre Class at Zohar is a ton of fun, but I didn’t see it on the summer session schedule. I really want to take a hip hop class. I love the style of the dance, but I am the least likely candidate for the culture. I’ve also always wanted to try my hand at contemporary. I just don’t knowwwwww!! So many choices! I wish someone just had a flat rate for unlimited classes so I could give them all a test drive and see which one fit me the best. We’ll just have to wait and see exactly how that plays out. I’ll keep ya posted.
Do you take dance classes somewhere? What school are you attending? What’s your focus?